Library Hours

We are pleased to announce an expansion to our business hours. Starting the week of October 19, 2020, the Library will be open Monday through Saturday 10 am – 6 pm, and will again add Sunday hours, opening 1 pm – 5 pm.

These changes are part of a continued effort to provide safe and healthy access to Library users, and the public at large, during the pandemic. Hours have been returning in increments since the reopening of the library on June 8. Throughout that time, Library staff have been able to provide many of the original service offerings in creative and alternative ways. However, JPL staff and administration are excited to announce this new schedule, which will restore much of the open-hour accessibility that was available pre-COVID-19.

Director of Joplin Public Library Jeana Gockley elaborates,  “Thank you to our users for their continued support and patience as we work through this process.  We are striving to balance our community’s need for access with protocols to ensure public and staff safety.”

When visiting the Library in-person, facial coverings are strongly encouraged and individuals are asked to abide by social distancing protocols. Curbside Pickup is also available during all open hours and Library users can access the Library’s digital resources anytime by visiting joplinpubliclibrary.org/online-resources-by-category.

Wireless Internet Opportunities with CARES Grant

We are expanding our Wireless Internet Opportunities with CARES Grant

Users can now enjoy new, exciting opportunities to access broadband technologies, following the receipt of CARES Act funds. Grant funds have been used to purchase 20 wireless mobile hotspots from T-Mobile and an outdoor wireless access point.

The mobile hotspots are capable of providing Wi-Fi for up to 15 devices. Active Library users may check-out a hotspot at the Library at 1901 E. 20th Street, during scheduled business hours, or may place a hold on the item using the online catalog found at joplinpubliclibary.org. Curbside pickup for items is also available. The check-out period for the hotspot device is set at 21-days.

The recently installed outdoor wireless access point is being used to boost the Library’s internet signal. Free public Wi-Fi is now available 24/7 in the parking lot and outdoor areas of the Library.  No Library card or password is necessary.

“COVID-19 has made it more apparent that broadband access is lacking for many of our community members,” said Library Director Jeana Gockley. “By providing these resources, we are striving to increase access, and in turn, strengthen our community.”

These projects are supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the CARES Act as administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.

Binge Boxes for DVD-checkout

We are introducing a Binge Box media collection, a new type of material offering that will help maximize the home movie experience for Library users. Binge Boxes are themed collections of DVD titles packaged together for ease and convenience. Each Binge Box contains anywhere from four to six different popular and/or nostalgic DVD titles pertaining to the Box theme. By checking out a Binge Box, Library users will be able to watch multiple movies with just one borrow.

An example of one of the collections is: “‘80s Imagination Movies”; included inside are the following DVD titles: The Goonies, Beetlejuice, The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, Weird Science, and Ghostbusters. This Binge Box will count as one item and be eligible for a 7-day check-out period with possibility of renewal if the item does not have any other placed holds. Other collections include “This Movie Will Self Destruct,” “Take a Look Under the Hood,” ”Superheroes,” and “The American Military.”

“Our new Binge Box collection makes movie check-out quick and easy,” said Library Director Jeana Gockley. “Select a collection, check it out and enjoy up to six great movies!” This new media collection includes thirty-two Binge Boxes in the general collection, and eight in the Children’s Department, and was purchased using funds awarded through the Lemons Family Charitable Trust, which seeks to provide grants to local charitable institutions. Active Library users may check-out a Binge Box at the Joplin Public Library at 1901 E. 20th Street, during scheduled business hours, or may place a hold on the item using the online catalog found at joplinpubliclibary.org. Curbside pickup for items is also available. For more information about this new offering, please contact Chelsey Gatewood or Jeana Gockley by phone at 417-623-7953 or email at cgatewood@joplinpubliclibrary.org or jgockley@joplinpubliclibrary.org


Since 1902, JPL has been fulfilling the information needs of citizens of Joplin and the surrounding community. JPL offers content to meet the informational, recreational, cultural enhancement and continuing educational needs of the general public.

Chat n Craft FB group

Since we are not meeting in person we have found a way to meet virtually. If you are on Facebook, you can join our group CnC JPL. You will have to search for the group or you can ask someone who is already a member. After you are accepted you will be able to join our 2x a month FB CnC JPL room where we work on our projects, talk and laugh with each other. The rest of the month you can post pics of what you have completed or working on.

We meet in the FB CnC JPL room at 6pm on the first Tuesday of the month and on the third Monday of the month.

Don’t forget to check back here, on our website, for patterns to work on and to see what else we have going on.

This picture on this post is a wreath we made in the fall of 2017.

Joplin Library News – Schooling at Home

The Joplin Public Library is excited to announce a library-wide initiative to support learning this fall. The Children and Teen Departments have developed several programs and resources to support parents and caregivers with schooling at home in whatever form that may take.

Families can find curriculum help, homeschooling laws, virtual educational resources, social opportunities and more on our brand new “Schooling at Home” webpage: https://www.joplinpubliclibrary.org/schooling/

The webpage also includes a comprehensive list of virtual and remote learning information for local school districts, as well as state standards for Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. Finally, the webpage includes an annotated list of electronic library resources, including test prep and homework help databases.

Joplin Public Library also offers the following services to supplement schooling at home: 24/7 wireless internet access in the Library parking lot, Inter-Library Loan services, and test proctoring.

According to a survey conducted by JPL, 60% of parents and caregivers who responded (61 responses total) plan to conduct school at home this fall in some fashion. An interest in homeschool resources provided by the Library was noted by 52% of respondents, and 23% hoped to see some type of online community of support from the Library on behalf of parents and caregivers schooling at home.

Library staff will use survey results to prioritize fall and spring programming offerings, with more details on programming for families, children, and teens coming soon!

The Teen Department’s first fall program is First Impact, a virtual education course for parents of new drivers, on Tuesday, September 1, from 6 to 7 p.m. via Zoom. The program is free, open to the public, and registration is required at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/first-impact-new-driver-parent-teen-education-program-on-zoom-tickets-113853099686.

For more information, call the Library at 417-623-7953

Chat n Craft – Crochet Hotpad

We’ve had several requests for this pattern. My Mom gave me the pattern that she made from an antique hot pad that was found in a church basement. She took it apart to see how it was made. It’s double thick.

(If you would like to make a different size, measure diagonal across the size square you would like to make and make a chain that long before starting the rest of these instructions.)

Use a G hook and cotton yarn (nothing that would melt from heat)

Chain 36 (or more if you want a larger potholder)

SC (single crochet) in 2nd chain and all the way around chain with 3 SC at bottom of chain.

Working in back loop, SC 15 rounds. (If you chained more than 36, you will need to do more rows, test by taking the oval and shaping it so you can see if it meets in the center, see * below.)

After crocheting all rows

Stop on side and slip yarn through.

Leave 12 inch tail. Turn to right side and fold into square.

See the diagnal opening?

 

 

 

(* sides should meet in the center if you have done enough rows)

 

 

 

 

Whipstitch edge together with tail.

The completed hotpad/trivet

Virtual Storytimes are here!

The Children’s Department staff is excited to announce virtual storytimes every Tuesday morning at 10AM. Join your children’s library staff as we read, sing, rhyme, and play our way through summer reading! Check our Youtube page every Tuesday for new videos!

See Miss Allie’s Pet-themed storytime here!

 

This program is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provision of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.

Reading for Change: Books by Black Authors

All of these titles can be found via the JPL catalog

Picture Books

M is for Melanin

Concepts ABC Rose

That is my dream! : A picture book of Langston Hughes’s “Dream variation”

People Diversity Hughes

What’s the Difference?: Being Different is Amazing

    People Diversity Richards

Saturday

    People Mom Mora

Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut

    Self Self Esteem Barnes

Just Like Me

Self Self Esteem Brantley-Newton

Magnificent Homespun Brown: A Celebration

    Self Self Esteem Doyon

I am Enough

Self Self Esteem Byers

Sulwe

    Self Self Esteem Nyong’o

Hey Black Child

    Self Self Esteem Perkins

You Matter

    Self Self Esteem Robinson

Freedom Soup

    Stories Food Charles

The Undefeated

Stories History Alexander

Let the Children March

    Stories History Clark-Robinson

The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read

    Stories History Hubbard

Before She Was Harriet

Stories History Ransome

Easy Fiction and Easy Nonfiction

Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel

    Easy Fic Grimes Nikki

Jada Jones series

    Easy Fic Lyons Kelly Starling

The Amazing Life of Azaleah Lane

    Easy Fic Smith Nikki Shannon

Let’s Talk About Race

    Easy Nonfic 305.8 L56L c. 1

Child of the Civil Rights Movement

    Easy Nonfic 323.11 Sh4c

Trombone Shorty

    Easy Nonfic 788.9 An2t

The Stone Thrower

    Easy Nonfic 796.332 Ea5r

Juvenile Fiction and Juvenile Nonfiction

The Crossover

    J Fiction Alexander Kwame

Blended

    J Fiction Draper Sharon

The Parker Inheritance

    J Fiction Johnson Varian

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky

    J Fiction Mbalia Kwame

Ghost Boys

    J Fiction Rhodes Jewell Parker

Betty Before X

    J Fiction Shabazz Ilyasah

Piecing Me Together & Ways to Make Sunshine

    J Fiction Watson Renee

Genesis Begins Again

    J Fiction Williams Alicia

Brown Girl Dreaming

    J Fiction Woodson Jacqueline

My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich

    J Fiction Zoboi Ibi

New Kid

    J Nonfic 741.5 C84n

We are the Ship: the story of Negro League Baseball

    J Nonfic 796.357 N33w

Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets

    J Nonfic 808.1 AL2o

Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement

    J Nonfic 817 H11w

The Women Who Caught the Babies: A Story of African American Midwives

    J Nonfic 973.0496 G82w

Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History & Little Dreamers: Bold Women in Black History

    J Nonfic 973.0496 H24L

Teen Fiction

Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles

     Teen Coles Jay

Let Me Hear A Rhyme by Tiffany D. Jackson

     Teen Jackson Tiffany

How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon

     Teen Magoon Kekla

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

     Teen Reynolds Jason

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

     Teen Stone Nic

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

     Teen Thomas Angie

If You Come Softly and Behind You by Jacqueline Woodson

     Teen Woodson Jacqueline

Teen Non-Fiction

Teen Graphic Novels

March, Books 1-3 by John Lewis

      Teengn Lewis John March

I Am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina

      Teengn Medina Tony I Am

Fiction

The Vanishing Half

    Fiction Bennett Brit

The Water Dancer

    Fiction Coates Ta-Nehisi

Homegoing

    Fiction Yaa Gyasi

The Broken Earth series

Fiction Jemisin N.K.

Such a Fun Age

    Fiction Reid Kiley

Real Life

    Fiction Taylor Brandon

Sing, Unburied, Sing

    Fiction Ward Jesmyn

The Nickel Boys

Fiction Whitehead Colin

Red at the Bone

    Fiction Woodson Jacqueline

Non-Fiction

Bad Feminist

    305.42 G25 2014

How to be an Antiracist

    305.8 K34h 2019

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America

305.8 K34s 2016

Heavy: An American Memoir

    305.896 L45h 2018

How We Fight For Our Lives

    811 J71h 2019

The Yellow House

    921 B79y 2019

Chat n Craft – Crochet Blossom Stitch Washcloth

This was a class we were going to have before we had to close the library. I am working on a way we can have some virtual meetings and classes. We would love to see Show n Tell items you have been working on during this time.

Blossom Stitch Washcloths Blossom Stitch Washcloths

Rich Textures Crochet – 8:57 minutes YouTube   https://youtu.be/ZmVU_c3MFzI Teaches you how to do the stitch in a small swatch

A free crochet pattern from 5 Little Monsters –

https://www.5littlemonsters.com/2015/05/blossom-stitch-crochet-washcloths.html

She made these washcloths for a Mother’s Day gift. They are a little bit lacier and more open than she normally uses for dishcloths or washcloths but it is solid enough to still work well and she wanted to use a pretty feminine stitch. The stitch she used is called the blossom stitch and it is made using a combination of single crochet, double crochet, and chain stitches.

She always uses 100% cotton yarn any time she is making washcloths or dishcloths. For this particular project she used Peaches and Cream yarn but any worsted weight cotton yarn will work just fine. The colors she used were Aquamarine, Ocean Coral, Fresh Lilac, and Mint. I used about half of a 2.5 oz ball for each washcloth so you can probably get 2 out of each ball if you make them the same size she did.

These washcloths are quick to make and paired with some pretty smelling soap or lotion make a nice gift. Crocheted washcloths are nice to have on hand when you need a quick little gift for someone. Maybe a mom, grandma, sister or friend.

Close up view of the Blossom Stitch

Finished size approximately 8 1/2 inches square

Supplies:

Instructions:

Begin by ch 30 (if you want to make your washcloth bigger or smaller add or subtract a multiple of 4)

Row 1: sc in the 2nd ch from hook, (skip 1, [dc, ch 1, dc] in the next stitch, skip 1, sc in next stitch) repeat to the end of the row, turn

Row 2: ch 4, skip dc, sc in first ch space, ch 1, skip dc, dc in next sc, (ch 1, sc in next ch space, ch 1, dc in next sc) repeat to the end of the row ending with a dc in the first sc of previous row, turn

Row 3: ch 1, sc in first dc, ([dc, ch 1, dc] in next sc, sc in next dc) repeat to the end of the row ending with a sc in the 3rd chain of the starting ch 4 of the previous row, turn

Repeat rows 2 and 3 until desired length ending with row 2. I repeated both rows 7 more times and then row 2 one more time.

To finish sc evenly all around the outside edge working 3 sc in each corner, finish off and weave in ends.

Additional e-Resources

We have a bunch of online resources available for you when you go to “What We Offer” on our menu, on the left side you will see Reference.  One is by Category and one is listed alphabetically of All Databases we have available. We also have some on our kids e-content webpage.

We have been able to add some new ones because they were offered to us for you to use for a few months because of COVID-19.

Here are a few of them –

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